Build Log - Page 16
In 1895, Joshua Slocum set sail alone from Gloucester aboard the “Spray”, a 36-foot gaff rigged sloop he’d built mostly by himself.
He and his wife Virginia had sailed thousands of miles together and raised a family while at sea. When Virgina died Slocum's son described him as "a ship with a broken rudder" A ship without rudder is at the mercy of the waves.
Cut, cast, and machined the parts that will become the rudder.
Got frustrated with the wet sandblaster clogging up while blasting the rudder parts, so we did something about it.
Framing the Rudder
Sometimes everything goes pretty much goes as planned, and building and hanging a rudder is now off the list. We are also enjoying some beautiful fall weather.
Now that the weather has turned cooler we are back inside the hull working on the fuel, water, and dry storage tanks in the cargo hold.